Oak Ridge High’s Kevan Cryan knows Pleasant Grove’s Rossin Erbe very well on the mat as the two have competed against each other almost a half-dozen times over the years.
At Wednesday’s Senior Night and Delta River League dual meet finale inside the Trojans’ gym, Cryan posted a close 13-8 decision over Erbe in the 160-pound class. Cryan’s victory was one of 13 wins for Oak Ridge (5-1 in league dual meets), which coasted to a 74-6 win over Pleasant Grove.
Next for the Trojans is the league meet at Ponderosa on Saturday, Feb. 15. Oak Ridge can still win a share of the league title with Folsom, which is 6-0 in dual meets.
Cryan led 2-0 in the first period. But in the last 45 seconds, Erbe recorded an escape to trim Cryan’s lead. By the time the period ended, Cryan led 4-2 as Erbe registered another escape point.
“I just wanted to go out there and get the win,” Cryan said. “Every other time we’ve been pretty close. I just went in there and did the best I could.”
In the second period, Cryan expanded his lead to 6-3, recording two points from a takedown. Erbe continued to battle in the final four minutes of the match but so did Cryan who had the edge in recording points in an escapes and near fall for the final win.
“That’s a tough kid,” said Oak Ridge head coach Casey Rhyan of Erbe. “It’s always a close match. It’s always a one to two points match with that kid (Erbe). I think Kevan was the aggressor. Kevan did a good job in controlling the tempo of the match; he wrestled his match.”
The Trojans controlled the match that included winning six matches by forfeits: Jack Likins (106), Josh Ploke (115), Christian Portilla (132), Brandon Claiborne (145), David Myong (170) and Bishane Sagal (220).
Oak Ridge grapplers winning their matches by pins were Zach McGillis (138) in the second period at one minute, 10 seconds; Corbett Ralstin (152) in the second at 1:17; James Portilla (182) in the first at 1:10; Sherman McVay (195) in the second, and Patrick Irwin (HWT) in the second at 42 seconds.
The Trojans’ Eric Tikhonva (126) posted a 20-6 major decision. The Eagles’ only win was at 120, when Mark Guzman pinned the Trojans’ Ricky Mello in the second period at 1:08.
“We’re excited; we’re fired up,” said Rhyan of the league tournament. “I still think we’re getting better. The kids have (almost) two weeks to get better, and we can. We’ve been pushing the boys real hard. They still have time to get into better shape, to work on technique. And we’ve always peaked in the postseason, and that’s the plan.”
Oak Ridge honored 11 seniors and their families on Senior Night. Those seniors were Cryan, Blake Benson, Harnawaz Boparai, Joshua Child, Jeffery Johansen, McVay, James Portilla, Myong, Ralstin, Sagal and Ryan Wilson.